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Riding on bugs, pedaling on clouds and sliding down a giant candy stick — these seem to be things out of a magical land, but they’re real, and they’re in Vancouver.

When Playland opens its gates May 6 at 10 a.m. the amusement park will also launch three new kids and family rides.

“They are very cute rides that our young guests will enjoy,” says Laura Ballance, spokesperson for Playland.

The three colorful and magical rides include the Bug Whirled, a new kid-friendly roller coaster in the form of giant lady bugs; the Flutterbye, in which kids and their parents appear to pedal up into the clouds; and the Dizzy Drop, a friendlier and cuter — it looks like a giant candy stick — version of one of the park’s more adult attraction the Hellevator.

The introduction of these new rides are part of Playland’s initiative to expand its family programming, says Ballance.

In addition to the new rides, some changes are also expected for this year’s Playland season. KC Bear, the park’s mascot, will be hanging out all season long. Also, Pacific Adventure Golf and Climbing Wall are now free with admission.

Playland sees approximately 300,000 guests each year, and Ballance expects this season will be no different.

“We had a fantastic year last year and we’re expecting this year to be a strong one as well, especially with the addition of our new family rides,” she says.

Aside from the new rides, guests can still enjoy the park’s classic rides and attractions such as the Wooden Roller Coaster, Wave Swinger and, yes, mini doughnuts.

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